Representatives of the NewAllen Alliance and several east Allen County communities made a high-stakes pitch Friday in Indianapolis to unlock more than $17 million in quality-of-place improvement projects.
The money would flow to the communities if a proposal from NewAllen is selected as a winner of the state's Stellar Communities initiative.
NewAllen's East Allen Rural Revival Regional Development Plan was designated one of six finalists in April.
About 20 local representatives attended Friday's presentation before a panel composed of about two dozen representatives of state agencies, Kent Castleman, NewAllen Board president, said after the meeting.
Local proponents fielded questions on the readiness of the group to put plans into practice and what would happen if the projects were not funded, he said.
The meeting was closed to the media.
“We probably fielded 10 questions. That's not as many as we thought, but that was probably because our presentation was pretty thorough,” Castleman said.
Panelists “commented we did an excellent job in the presentation, but they didn't indicate one way or another to us or anyone else” about the resolution, he said.
The result of the competition will be announced Dec. 10.